Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Lambert ready for step into unknown

Paul Lambert

Norwich manager Paul Lambert admits no-one knows what the Canaries will do on their return to the Barclays Premier League - even him.

The Norfolk club were struggling in npower League One just two seasons ago when Lambert took charge. However, following back-to-back promotions Norwich will run out at Wigan on Saturday as members of England's elite for the first time since 2004-05.

Lambert accepts with no previous form, it is very much a step into the "unknown", saying: "It is new for us and the players, but we have earned the right to play them so we will give it a go."

He added: "It is the unknown we are going into, and it is the same for Wigan - they do not know how we will play.

"We will just have to wait and see, but we have to learn very quickly to adjust.

"There is no turning back now, because we are on it. The prestige is great for everybody connected with the club and we will just have to see how it goes."

Blackpool pulled off a shock on the opening day of the last season, when the promotion play-off winners chalked up a 4-0 victory at Wigan.

Lambert, though, is not concerned with any thought of history repeating itself.

"What happened last year is irrelevant, whether Blackpool beat them or not," said the Canaries boss. "It is new for us, Wigan are an established side and a good side, so I am under no illusions as to how hard it is going to be.

"We have shown the lads one or two different little things and I am sure they will take it on board and give us everything they have got."

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